For an inclusive search, use PubMed.
- For best results, try to identify search terms for major concepts of your research question, such as terms to describe the patient or problem, the intervention, and the outcome.
- When the search results appear, quickly scan titles. Read abstracts of most relevant citations. Link to other articles using “similar articles” link to the right of the PubMed abstract.
- If search results do not provide the expected information, search again using other terms. Please ask for help if you want assistance with your search. Complete the form at Ask a Librarian, summarizing your question and what terms you have used in your search.
- View a brief video on how to do a simple subject search in PubMed.
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